Maiduguri - The Nigerian Army said on
Monday that it had so far released about 1271 detainees after clearing them of
any link with the Boko Haram terrorists group.
Brig.-Gen. Victor Ezugwu, the General Officer Commanding
(GOC) 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, disclosed this while speaking
at a forum for the reintegration of children associated with armed forces or
armed groups in Maiduguri.
Ezugwu, who was represented by Col. Yusuf Ali, said that
most of those released were women and children.
” The Nigerian Army gives utmost priority to the rights of
detainees especially women and children.
“We always try to fast track investigation to determine
their fate, while those found innocent were released with out delay,” he said.
Ezugwu added:” Consequently, between February and October
this year we have had five releases.
“In February 135 persons comprising mainly women and
children were released, 204 were released in May, while the remaining three
releases were carried out in September and October”.
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He said that the army had also improved on the provision of
welfare for the detainees.
“As part of the military high command care for the
vulnerable persons under our protective custody.
“We have identified areas needing attention including
feeding, health care, decongestion of cells, respect for detainees rights,
sanitation and personal hygiene, ” Ezugwu said.
He said children and vulnerable persons were fed three times
daily with balanced diet.
“We always provide meat or fish in every meal and drinks
every Sunday for them.
” If fact, some of those released would have preferred to
remain with us if they had the choice rather than move to IDPs camps,” he said.
Ezugwu commended the organisers of the forum, saying the
event was timely.